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Family rhythmsThe changing textures of family life in Ireland$
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Jane Gray, Ruth Geraghty, and David Ralph

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091513

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091513.001.0001

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Conclusion: resilient families

Conclusion: resilient families

(p.197) 7 Conclusion: resilient families
Family rhythms

Jane Gray

Ruth Geraghty

David Ralph

Manchester University Press

This concluding chapter draws out some of the shared patterns and themes that have emerged in the book and presents its overarching finding that Irish families have been characterized by extraordinary resilience. In the face of significant macro-social, economic and life-course changes Irish people have adapted their behaviour and life plans relationally, in the context of an enduring commitment to family ties. The chapter asserts the unique power of the kind of qualitative longitudinal analysis that has been championed throughout the book to capture people’s moral reasoning in everyday life practices, together with its capacity to uncover some of the less familiar aspects of Irish family life that are often hidden in census and survey data. The authors argue that this approach makes an essential contribution to social scientific analysis and public policy, first because it yields a more complex understanding of the process of inter and intra-generational change over time and second, because it provides distinctive insights on the changing meanings and interpretations that govern peoples’ understandings and practices.

Keywords:   Qualitative longitudinal analysis, Resilience, Moral reasoning, Public policy

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